Dolce Far Niente ~ John William Godward, 1897
You are here, secreted beneath
rib and bone, beating against
the cage in heartbeat thumps.
I feel more warden than enamored
with a padlock around my tongue
to keep words from making a fool’s escape.
Once love is given wings
it can no longer nest in dreams.
Confession will fly the compass of truth.
©Susie Clevenger 2016